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Chelsea left-back Marc Cucurella had a torrid time over the weekend at the Amex Stadium.
Brighton fans booed their former player who had made the move to Chelsea during the summer transfer window.
Cucurella was jeered whenever he touched the ball, and Chelsea manager Graham Potter was also given a hostile reception.
Chelsea hero Pat Nevin was unimpressed by Brighton fans jeering Marc Cucurella on Saturday, and claimed Chelsea fans can’t do such.
Nevin wrote for chelseafc.com: “Now it isn’t every Chelsea fan of course who is so magnanimous, but the vast majority welcome the old guard back, usually warmly but yes sometimes grudgingly too, but it is respectful on the whole! It is hard when your former manager then goes on to take charge at rivals, such as Manchester United or yes, even Spurs, but even so a level of courtesy remains.
“There are understandable grumbles, but wide-scale booing, that isn’t generally our way. There have been the odd exceptions I grant you, but it isn’t the natural Chelsea position.
“Ex-players returning are habitually given a lovely reception too. Look what happened when Diego Costa and Olivier Giroud turned up at the Bridge recently, trying to score against us. They were virtually ‘love bombed’ by the fans. I know from experience myself that you can even score against Chelsea at the Shed End and still be very kindly received.
“This doesn’t make the treatment of Marc Cucurella by the Brighton fans wrong per se, I don’t abuse them for their feelings and reactions, it is just a different outlook. I just happen to like the attitude the Blues fans routinely show to our former employees. I hope as the years go by, new generations of Chelsea fans retain that outlook and that generosity as part of our culture. It’s classy.”